Life As I Know It

Job Interviews in a Crummy Economy

Jobs are hard to come by right now, but you could argue that securing an interview is the most crucial and difficult part of the process. Unless you can literally hand your resume to someone, the chances of it being read by the right people are slim to none.

I have only been a full-time-working-girl for just shy of four years now, so I know that I am hardly wise enough to give real job advice, but I’m going to do it anyway. I mean…when you have 200+ people applying for an assistant level job, you MUST have the basics down to have any hope at all.

  1. Keep your resume tidy and only ONE PAGE IN LENGTH. This is pretty self-explanatory. Just make it happen, okay?
  2. Show up to your interview on time…and don’t RESCHEDULE THE DAY BEFORE?! If you find yourself in the very FORTUNATE position of having a job interview, once it’s set, do not reschedule it unless there is an emergency. Wanting to leave town on a Friday afternoon is not an emergency. Do not email your potential employer at 3 pm the day before your interview to see if you could meet tomorrow morning instead of tomorrow afternoon. Just DON’T. When I interviewed last summer for my current position, I had shingles. As in, the disease you thought only old people could get. I was wretched. But I still put on makeup and did my hair and wore a suit and I showed up. oh, AND I got the job. There is really just about no excuse I can think of for rescheduling an interview once it is set, other than perhaps a big family emergency.
  3. Suck. It. Up. You may need to humble yourself and apply for jobs you absolutely do not want. If this is your case, you cannot tell your interviewers “I just really need a job. I’ve been on SO MANY INTERVIEWS.” Instantly, your interviewer thinks…okay, so none of them hired you, and you obviously don’t care that much about this specific job so…why should I hire you? Just own the fact that you might have to do something unglamorous for a little while, and make the most of it.
  4. Be Prepared. Every interview is different, but you can always expect to be asked: What are your strengths/weaknesses? Why do you want this job? Why are you leaving your current position? What do you enjoy and not enjoy in your current position? These are staples. You should have answers.

That’s it. That’s my basic get-a-job advice for today. Hang in there, and go to any networking event you can find. Meet people. Make them know who you are. You will get to where you want to be eventually!

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